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U.N. Gets a Look at 2nd Iranian Uranium Plant

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Posted on Oct 25, 2009
Iran uranium plant
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A technician at work in one of two known uranium enrichment plants in Iran.

The continuing drama surrounding Iran’s nuclear program took a daring turn earlier this month when the U.S. revealed the existence of a secret uranium enrichment plant. Now U.N.  inspectors have checked out that plant, and will do so again in the next couple days.

But the inspections come even as a proposed deal that would see Iran’s enriched uranium sent to Russia for processing was being bad-mouthed by several key members of the Iranian parliament. —JCL

The BBC:

A team from the UN’s nuclear watchdog has inspected a previously secret uranium enrichment plant in Iran, Iranian officials and media have said.

The inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency are expected to visit the facility, near the holy city of Qom, again over the next two days.

The visit comes as world powers await Iran’s response to a new proposed deal over its uranium enrichment programme.

Iran would send some enriched uranium to Russia to be turned into fuel.

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By Virginia777, October 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

Paul Craig Roberts sees right through this crap:

http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts09302009.html

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By Virginia777, October 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment

I agree, Patrick Henry, when DO we inspect Dimona?

(oh, its not on the inspection list? why not?)

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By PatrickHenry, October 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

By Blackspeare, October 26 at 2:49 pm #

Israel and South Africa, jointly tested atomic weapons twice off the coast of South Africa in the late 70’s when apartheid ruled and Israel was South Africas only friend.  Go figure.

Hardly a secret anymore.

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/israel/nuke/

also here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction

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By ardee, October 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

Remember Israel has never tested such a weapon and for good reason——they don’t have one!

Blackspear is correct in this instance. Israel does not have one nuclear weapon, they are estimated to have between two and three hundred.

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By fredmoz, October 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment

They are progressive as long as doesn’t involve Israel.Unfortunately it is not only Truthdig having double standards, Huff post, MSNBC, Daily Kos and on and on share the same policy as the US government does.

Blackspeare comments that Israel never tested their nuclear arsenals. Blackspeare may be too young to remember.Israel with full cooperation of South Africa apartheid government (that is before Mandela’s ascent to power) tested it and the US as usual turned a blind eye toward it.

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By Blackspeare, October 26, 2009 at 7:49 am Link to this comment

As long as we’re talking about nuclear power and the NPT one of the greatest modern deceptions in the history of the world is Israel possessing nuclear weapons!  How could a country with a single nuclear facility possess so many nuclear bombs (as reported to be between 50-100) in so short a time period??  Leave it to the Jews to create a cleverly concocted clandestine story using various plants to give it credence.  Remember Israel has never tested such a weapon and for good reason——they don’t have one!

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By omop, October 26, 2009 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

Bravo PATRICK HENRY.

Need to add the following…“WHEN WAS DIMONA EVER INSPECTED BY THE UN?”


Is it not time for the leadership in the USA to realise that by treating Israel as
“special” it is at the same time treating 1.2 billion Arabs, Asian-muslims as
enemies?

Why not for a change and more pragmatic as well as on a cost/benefit basis
policy more beneficial treat every other state, nation/country the way Israel is
treated?

Again furher proof tha POGO was right….“we have met the enemy and its US”

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By PatrickHenry, October 26, 2009 at 3:44 am Link to this comment

OK, now when do we inspect Dimona?

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By Folktruther, October 26, 2009 at 2:19 am Link to this comment

no, Ardee, it is not the case that ‘all this site did was post it.’ It chimed in with the tone that Iran was doning something sneaky and illegal and builds the emotional desire for war, consistent with the desire of Israel. As does the NYTimes and Washington Post.

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By sollipsist, October 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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And on top of everything else—“took a daring turn”?

I know you just dash these things off to link to someone else’s real article, but at least parrot an appropriate phrase.

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By ardee, October 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

The exact terms of the NPT require reporting such facilities one hundred twenty days prior to actually bringing the plant on line. Iran is certainly in full compliance.

As to Truthdig, well the article is a BBC one and all this site did is post it. I havent seen any editorial comments on articles posted in the past and do not contribute any motive to this website now. Perhaps they expect us to supply all editorializing necessary.

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By Folktruther, October 25, 2009 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

I don’t know why, Ed, that ChrisX expects truthdig to be more truthful than the NYTimes or Washington Post.  They are all neozionsit prowar media.  And truthdig is the first victim of wor, or at least one of them.  As the TD commenters point out.

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By Joe, October 25, 2009 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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So this site edited out putting the word visit in quotes, but did not correct the actual factual error claiming Obama revealed the Qom site?
Shameful
And of course great care is taken not to include the word “Inspected”, after all that would be too informative of a word.  No, instead the IAEA just “visited”

Because after all, if your readers understood that Iran was complying with all the rules, the sanctions you support wouldn’t male any sense

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By Ed Harges, October 25, 2009 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

I concur with By chrisx, October 25 at 1:53 pm.

As chrisx states, this article is passing on an anti-Iran lie as straight reportage.
Truthdig seems to be infiltrated by pro-Israel hacks who manage to slip in crap like
this from time to time.

The article’s claim that the “secret uranium enrichment plant was abruptly made public
by the US” is a lie.

The plant’s existence was reported BY Iran TO the IAEA. Then the IAEA told the US.
Furthermore, it was reported by Iran in accordance with the NPT. The NPT requires that
signatory governments report the existence of any enrichment facility by the time it
reaches a certain stage of completion, and Iran reported this facility on time.

Why didn’t Iran report it earlier than required? Wouldn’t that have been the extra polite
thing to do? Well, gee-fricking-whiz, considering the US and Israel’s eagerness to
bomb such things, why should Iran have reported this any earlier that it had to?

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By Joe, October 25, 2009 at 11:16 am Link to this comment
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The Qom site was not “abruptly made public by the US”
It was revealed by the Iranians to the IAEA in full compliance with their treaty obligations a full week before Obama spoke about it.
Any chance this site will run a correction?


I also enjoy the propaganda of putting the word “visit” in quotes.  Its a nice touch

I think its very sad that the US opposes he NPT.  I suppose the way things are going Iran will be forced to withdraw from the treaty and start developing weapons to protect themselves

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By Miko, October 25, 2009 at 11:00 am Link to this comment
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“The BBC used quotation marks on the word “visit,“suggesting that UN inspections of the plant were not as thorough as needed”

This is not true.  The BBC uses quotation marks on the words “visit Iran nuclear site,” not on the word “visit,” and they do so because it’s a quotation, not because they’re trying to be snarky.  Americans new to reading the BBC often make this mistake, since the cultural practice over there calls for using much more direct quotation than they’re used to seeing in U.S. papers.

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By chrisx, October 25, 2009 at 10:53 am Link to this comment
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“secret uranium enrichment plant was abruptly made public by the US.”

It was reported BY Iran to IAEA before Obama made such a big show of it to demonize Iran by “abruptly” making it public.
I realize the editors of Truthdig have bias against Iran. Nonetheless, I would expect TRUTHFUL reporting. Your site is not NYT or WP.

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